A lot of people associate pastel colors with the summer, but if you think you can only wear pastels in warm weather, you are mistaken. Pastels look great every day of the year. From sweaters to pants and even accessories, pastels cheer up darker colors, almost in a magical way. A pastel-filled wardrobe can also help you extend your favorites from season to season. For example, your favorite blue or yellow summer polo can breathe new life into your winter wardrobe when worn underneath a navy blue winter sweater or even with tan colored corduroys, for example. Whether you are into subtle pastel elements or like to go all the way, here are the best pastels for fall and beyond.
1. Vineyard Vines Club Pants
Vineyard Vines is seriously enthusiastic about pastels all year round and you don’t need to a member of a country club or yacht club to appreciate their Club Pants. Made of 100% cotton twill, designed in a comfortable, four-pocket style, they lie flat in front. Available in two classic pastel options, Rhubarb, which is a light peachy-pink, and Jetty Red, which is a Nantucket-Red shade, these pants can be worn with any darker color on top for fall and winter. If you wear these pants with lighter colors on top, you risk looking like you haven’t done laundry since August.
2. Mr. Turk Aaron Shirt
Mr. Turk’s Aaron Shirt is so much fun. Featuring a bold paisley pattern, including blue, orange, and green, these pastel hues swirl around and mix beautifully among darker colors. This shirt looks great with jeans and sneakers or even with brown corduroy pants.
3. Ralph Lauren Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater
Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label Cable Knit Cashmere Sweater is made of the finest combed hair (as opposed to sheared) from Mongolian goats. After the wool is sourced, only the best, most whited hairs are dyed the most striking pastel colors. If that doesn’t sound like enough attention to detail, the hairs are then sent off to Italian artisans who use century-old mills and fresh water from the Swiss Alps to spin and craft the garments. It’s a lot of work, but totally worth the effort to have one of the best Autumn wardrobe staples available. This sweater is available in three pastel hues, purple, yellow, and pink.
4. Thomas Pink Alston Plain Woven Tie
If you want to wear pastels, but are not into too much color, a pastel accessory such as a tie is the way to go. Thomas Pink’s Alston Plain Woven tie is simple, and there isn’t a suit it wouldn’t look good with. Available in pale pink and light blue (as well as several non-pastel colors), it is made of 100% silk.
5. Uniqlo Men Ultra Light Down Hooded Jacket
Everyone needs a down hooded jacket for chilly Fall days, as well the frosty Winter ahead. Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Hooded Jacket is available in three bright pastel colors including orange, green and blue. The lightweight material is thin, but still warm and has a water resistant lining. The quilting is diagonally stitched and the fabric has a slight sheen to it, making it a unique-looking find, especially for the price. Because this jacket folds very easily, getting it in a suitcase for travel is a snap.
6. Sid Mashburn Fine Gauge Half Zip Sweater
Sid Mashburn’s Fine Gauge Half Zip Sweater is a versatile design that is equally sporty and tailored. The lightweight fabric also makes it ideal for both layering and travel. This sweater can instantly dress up jeans and a t-shirt or dress down dress pants. Mashburn’s sky-blue colored cashmere, while already very soft, becomes even softer with age, so wear it often, and you will love it even more.